My MVP, the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Futurity, captured a $30,000 feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, beating Sevruga and Market Share in 1:52.2.
Post positions were assigned for the race which carried a condition of winners-over $25,000 lifetime. Market Share, the winner of last year's Hambletonian, was saddled with post 8 while Sevruga, who won the Cashman Memorial on Hambo Day this year, started from post 7 and My MVP was in the middle on the gate, post 5.
Driver Yannick Gingras fired My MVP off the wings and they took the early lead, while Sevruga (Andy Miller) and Market Share (Tim Tetrick) also left strongly. Gingras put everyone at the pylons in the first turn and broke the beam at the quarter pole in :27. Miller moved Sevruga at this point and they cleared in front of the stands and then kept the pace quick, hitting the half-mile mark in :54.4.
At the halfway mark Market Share was racing third, but was several lengths behind the leader because Sir Winston, racing third, was gapped. Tetrick moved Market Share as soon as they hit the back straightaway and with a big burst of speed he caught Sevruga and My MVP and then tucked in for a breather.
After passing the three-quarters in 1:23.2, the race was on as Tetrick was back out to challenge with Market Share. Sevruga also dug in at the pylons, but My MVP hit the wire first.
The victory was the fourth in 10 starts this season for My MVP, who sports more than $750,000 in career earnings ($50,100 this season) for owners Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and Modern Family Partners. Tony Alagna trains the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall.
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